Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!
This semester I am taking a personal leadership class at school and I have already learned so much from it. My professor challenges the way a typical college classroom is run and I love getting to have unique discussions with my peers every week. I took this class to learn more about myself and challenge my usual ways of thinking. I definitely didn’t consider myself a leader when I walked into class on the first day, but I have discovered that being a leader is not universal.
One of my assignments the first week of school was to take this test that evaluates your personal strengths. This test is known world wide and is based on tons of research so it’s not like one of those B.S. Buzzfeed quizzes. After completing the test I found out my top five strengths are:
After taking the test I read though the book that corresponds with the test. The first few parts of the book highlight the strengths of top executives in the country. At the end of the book it goes through all 34 of the strengths in detail. Here’s what I learned about myself and each of my strengths as well as how to use them to become a better leader:
Harmony: this type of person hates conflict and looks to find agreement in every situation. They show value of others by listening to and encouraging their peers. As a leader this person will seek common ground in arguments and discuss all opinions in a respectful manner.
Maximizer: a maximizer wants to focus on strengths, rather than weaknesses, to drive a group or person towards success. This person sees uniqueness and talent in everybody and wants to build on those gifts. When leading, a maximizer should spend time talking individually with their peers and explaining why their strengths can contribute to the team’s success.
Relator: a relator loves having close relationships with others and working hard with peers to attain a certain goal. This person is generous to friends that are fulfilling and meaningful to them. As a leader this person is good at building relationships within a team and understanding strengths and aspirations.
Consistency: leaders with the consistency trait are extremely aware of how they treat others and want to treat everyone equally by establishing explicit rules. To build trust, this person must not only set these rules, but also follow them. In other words–practice what you preach! Creating consistent routines is key for this person to be a great leader.
Analytical: an analytical leader seeks to find reasons/causes and has the ability to think about how every factor can affect a situation. Peers count on this person to find the truth which can build trust in a community. It is important that while leading others this person uses logic to explain a reasoning or decision.
Its so weird to read an in depth analysis of your own strengths and see that they describe you perfectly, even down to the smallest details. I would strongly recommend you buy the book (which comes with a code to take the test!) if you are at all curious about your own strengths and how you can be a better leader! While everyone has their own unique combination of strengths, the main idea of this book is that building on strengths creates more growth and success than pointing out people’s weaknesses which creates a negative space.
In light of today’s topic I decided to take a break from my reading of Genesis to look at specific versus that relate to leadership.
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
~this verse closely parallels the lessons in the book I talked about above. it is important to not only know your own interests and strengths, but also the interests and strengths of those around you. whether those people are your peers, colleagues , family, or friends it will help you understand them and work together more cohesively.
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.” Proverbs 27:23–24
~as a leader you constantly need to be aware of the situation around you. this is what makes a great leader–knowing the situation and what is needed of you. once you become a great leader it will not last if you do not continue to learn and grow as a leader.
“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7
~one way to become a better leader is to look to those who you consider great leaders in your life. analyze how they interact with their peers and try to implement their good qualities and strategies in your life, but also remember that leadership should be adapted for every situation.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” Mathew 7:12
~as a leader you should always do for others what you expect from your peers. a selfish “leader” will never be respected or trusted by their peers if they don’t consider thoughts, feelings, and ideas of those they work with.
Sunday Morning Playlist:
- Stronger by Roy Tosh ft. V. Rose
- Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells
Currently on my wishlist: